Surprising news today as ACC insider David Teel reported that Pittsburgh as submitted a bid to host the ACC Tournament:
Ray Fittipaldo confirmed a few minutes later. Apparently, it's a joint venture with VisitPittsburgh.com and Consol and strongly encouraged by Pitt. The tournament is booked until 2015, so we'd likely be looking at 2016 or beyond.
Obviously, if rotating sites is the way the ACC wants to continue rotating its conference tournament, then I love this idea. No one loves the city of Pittsburgh more than me. What an opportunity to showcase the city and Pitt's campus. Not to mention fill those hotel rooms, load up those bar tabs with Iron City Beer, and hopefully bring some of that southern economic growth to the 'Burgh. And no, we don't take Confederate dollars.
But I'm not so sure a rotating tournament is the best idea. First and foremost, the goal should be to take Madison Square Garden away from the Big East. That should be all John Swofford thinks about from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed. As much as I love Pittsburgh, New York is New York. Modern day NYC is the greatest city in the history the world and there's nothing that could ever convince me otherwise. Stealing the college basketball Mecca away from the Big East would solidify the ACC as the East Coast's conference and be the final death knell of the ACC's non-SEC competition in the region.
Would ACC fans come to Pittsburgh? I love it and all, but it's not like Pittsburgh has the greatest reputation as a city despite it's recent renaissance. Pittsburgh in March would likely be a tough sell to fans in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas without the draw of Times Square, Broadway and Central Park. So while I love the idea of it, I'm not sure if the conference is ready to move away from the south unless it's Big Apple bound.